Kiplinger’s Personal Finance has included Belmont University on its list of the country’s best values in private universities. Kiplinger’s annual list ranks 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges. The top 50 colleges and top 50 universities appear in Kiplinger’s December issue—on newsstands November 5. The full list is available online now at www.kiplinger.com/links/college.
Belmont and the other schools included in the 2014 lists represent the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost. The colleges exemplify the attributes parents and students look for in higher education, including small class sizes, a good freshman retention rate and a high four-year graduation rate.
“With President Obama’s recent emphasis on rating colleges and universities based on their value, our rankings serve as a valuable resource to help students and families make more informed choices,” says Janet Bodnar, editor of Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. “Combining a high-quality education with an affordable price tag is a challenge, but the colleges on this year’s list offer the best of both worlds.”
University lauded for innovation and commitment to undergraduate teaching
For the third year in a row, Belmont University remained at No. 7 on U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of America’s Best Colleges. Announced today, Belmont placed in the Top 10 of the Regional Universities-South listing for the fifth consecutive year and was also lauded for the sixth year in a row as a top “Up-and-Comer.” For the 2014 rankings, Belmont placed second in the southern region in that category, indicating the university has made “the most promising and innovative changes in the areas of academics, faculty, student life, campus or facilities.” Moreover, Belmont was praised by its peers for its “unusually strong commitment to undergraduate teaching,” placing second in a regional ranking in that area.
Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “While there are lots of rankings out there, the U.S. News process is probably the most relevant to us since it features several measures of quality that are important to Belmont including retention rate, graduation rate, the academic preparation of incoming students and the level of commitment of resources to teaching and learning. In addition to the overall ranking, it is even more gratifying that our peer institutions voted us a No. 2 in the South in the ‘Up-and Coming’ category as well as No. 2 in our commitment to undergraduate teaching—they see us as a university that is on the move.”
This historic premiere answers the prayers of generations of Nashville artists, producers, business people and civic leaders for a national television showcase for the diverse artistry happening in Nashville, beyond the well-publicized country music industry. Launched and run as a live radio show with a focus on artistry and community, Music City Roots celebrates the diversity and dynamism of the new Nashville and the national revival of folk and roots music.
Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “When Board Trustee Eugenia Winwood suggested partnering with Music City Roots, her enthusiasm was inspiring. Belmont University has a long history in the music industry and as ‘Nashville’s University,’ we’re proud to show our support for the unique and unparalleled talent of Music City.”
Nashville’s Belmont University is one of the fastest growing campuses in the nation, according to an annual “Almanac of Higher Education” report released last week by The Chronicle of Higher Education. What’s more, the University is the only one of its peers to be ranked in the Top 10 for fast-growing enrollment (Chronicle) and as a Top 10 Best Regional University in the South (U.S. News & World Report).
Universities of at least 2,000 students were listed in the Chronicle’s report and were divided into four charts—public and private research institutions and public and private master’s level institutions. The colleges were then ranked by the percentage of enrollment increase from 2001 through 2011. In the private master’s level category, Belmont landed at No. 7 with 104 percent enrollment growth between 2001 (3,129 students) and 2011 (6,395 students).
Associate Provost and Dean of Enrollment Services David Mee said, “Growth at many of the colleges and universities on the Almanac list reflect the addition of a large number of online-only students. Belmont’s growth has primarily been the result of an ever-increasing number of undergraduate and graduate students studying on the University’s campus, face-to-face with Belmont’s outstanding faculty, and as part of numerous student organizations and community service programs.”
University hits 6,918 students as classes begin
With classes beginning today for the Fall 2013 semester, Belmont University reached its largest enrollment to date, this time with a total of 6,918 students. This is the thirteenth consecutive year the University has topped its previous enrollment.
Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher said, “In 2009, Belmont announced in its Vision 2015 statement an enrollment goal of 7,000 students, and at the time, that number appeared quite lofty and difficult to attain. But young people in record-breaking numbers are embracing Belmont’s mission to match their purpose, gifts and talents to the world’s needs. It’s an honor to welcome all of our students home to Belmont to start a new academic year.”
New students have been engaged the past several days in a number of annual “Welcome Week” activities designed to acclimate them to both the campus and the community. In addition to a variety of orientation sessions and social activities, 1,800 students—consisting primarily of new freshmen and transfers—spent Monday afternoon volunteering with several Metro Beautification sites, five Metro Nashville Public Schools and 16 non-profit organizations during an annual event called SERVE.
This year’s total enrollment marks an increase of 253 students from last year and includes 26 members of the charter Bridges to Belmont class. In addition, Belmont’s new Motion Pictures program anticipates that approximately 20 new and returning students will join the major in its inaugural year. The Belmont student body currently consists of 5,518 undergraduates and 1,400 graduate and professional students, representing a record for total enrollment.